Fans of the Tomb Raider reboot will be happy to know that not only has a sequel been confirmed, there will also be a comic series which will pick up where the game left off and pave the way for Lara’s next video game adventure.
Dark Horse Comics will be launching the new comic series in February 2014 and fans will be able to follow Lara as she travels the world, raiding more tombs and possibly even solving a few more ancient mysteries along the way. Gail Simone, who has enjoyed enormous success as a writer on Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Red Sonja and is a fan of the Tomb Raider game series, will be taking the helm and hopes to show how the young archaeologist was affected by her time on Yamatai and how this transformed her into the dangerous, determined adventurer we know and love.
The first comic in the series will be released on 26th February 2014 and will pick up where the 2013 reboot game left off while the second comic is expected in late March 2014. According to the synopsis, Lara and her friends will be “experiencing horrific visions in the aftermath of their ordeal in the lost kingdom of Yamatai” and these visions will “herald a darker fate than they could have imagined”. Both comics will be part of an ongoing series and will feature art by Nicolás Daniel Selma (penciller), Juan Gedeon (inker), Michael Atiyeh (colorist) and cover artists Dan Dos Santos and Dan Scott.
Little else is known about the comic series or the sequel game at this stage, though some fans have already speculated that the search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke may be a possible storyline. Towards the end of Tomb Raider 2013, eagle-eyed gamers may have spotted the reference to “Croatoan” in the journal Lara found on the island, which she is seen perusing on board the rescue ship. For those of you unfamiliar with this legend, an entire colony of English settlers vanished sometime between 1587 and 1590 and the only clue to the settlers’ whereabouts was a carving, “Croatoan”, on one of the wooden stakes at the settlement. It’s generally thought that the settlers had either abandoned the colony and moved on to the island of Croatoan (now Hatteras Island), where they assimilated with the local tribe, or had been captured and enslaved by one of the other tribes in the area.
To this day, the fate of the Roanoke colonists remains a mystery and archaeologists have so far found no trace of the 118 men, women and children who once lived there. So, who better to seek out a lost colony than our beloved Ms Croft?** 😉
For more information on the upcoming series and an interview with Gail Simone, please check out Kotaku’s article.
** Actually, there have been attempts in recent years to solve this mystery through DNA testing. If you’re interested in learning more about the quest to find the lost colonists and their descendants, visit the Lost Colony Research Group’s website, blog or Facebook page.